Winter weather warnings issued for P.E.I. on Friday

Dave Stewart
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A blast of winter weather appears to be headed for P.E.I. on Friday.

Environment Canada has issued three separate warnings for the province with the worst of the weather targeting eastern areas.

A snowfall warning has been issued for Queens County.

Meteorologist Linda Libby said the central region can expect between 15 and 20 centimetres with moderate to strong winds out of the northeast.

Kings County is under a winter storm warning. Folks can expect between 25 and 40 centimetres of snow with winds gusting, at times, to 70 km/h.

Libby said the difference between a winter storm warning and snowfall warning is wind, with the stronger gusts expected in Kings County.

Prince County is under a special weather statement and should see less than 10 centimetres. However, depending on the track and severity of the storm, Prince could see up to 15 centimetres, possibly more.

The snow is expected to start sometime Friday afternoon and last into the overnight hours to Saturday. Where winds are a factor, the worst of it will be during the overnight hours.

Some weather forecasters predicted a winter storm for Atlantic Canada earlier this week but backed off over the last few days. Some said it would amount to no more than some flurries.

Libby said that’s because none of the three models used by meteorologists agreed with each other. It all came down to which track the storm took coming up the east coast.

“We’re looking at some local blowing snow as the snow starts to fall and that’s looking at late afternoon into the evening,’’ Libby said.

Temperatures are expected to hover around the zero mark, meaning the snow will tend to be stickier and might not drift as much as it would if temperatures were a few degrees colder.

Islanders are advised to monitor weather conditions if they plan on being out and about during the afternoon and night.

“It could be a little ugly in places, particularly those areas that are prone to blowing and drifting,’’ Libby said.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: P.E.I., Kings, Queens Prince Atlantic Canada

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